Valencia Community College
About Valencia Community College
Valencia Community College is located in the city of Orlando, in central Florida. The city is well known for the many tourist attractions in the area, including Walt Disney World Resort, SeaWorld and Universal Orlando Resort. The Orlando metropolitan area is home to a substantial theater population as well. In addition, the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center brings national tours through town on a regular basis. Each spring, local theaters and downtown venues play host to the Orlando International Fringe Festival, and Darden Restaurants sponsors a Festival of New Plays, hosted by Orlando-UCF Shakespeare Festival.
Valencia is a public two-year college accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The school began in 1967 as Valencia Junior College. With four campuses and two centers in the Orlando area, Valencia is now the third largest of Florida's community colleges. The East Campus was opened in 1975, the Osceola Campus in 1997 and the Winter Park Campus in 1998. The National Alliance of Business named Valencia "National Community College of the Year" in 1998, citing its "effective and innovative leadership." The recognition is considered one of the country's most prestigious higher education awards.
Valencia offers a two-year AS degree program in digital media for video and motion graphics. The program combines classroom experience with real-world projects. Foundation courses include Web essentials, digital imaging fundamentals, drawing, typography, and general education courses. Intermediate courses include motion graphics, digital video and sound, interactive design, and sound for media. Advanced courses include an internship, a digital media project, and a portfolio review. Students interested in this field of study may also choose to complete a certificate program to be completed in one year or less. A certificate in digital media development can be completed in as little as one semester, requiring coursework in interactive design, digital storytelling, and digital imaging. The certificate in digital media production may also be completed in as little as one semester, with required coursework in digital media, sound for media technology, digital imaging, and digital video and sound.
The digital media video production certificate, also a one-semester program, requires courses in digital storytelling, digital video and sound, and motion graphics. The digital media Web production certificate program, includes courses in Web essentials, interactive design, digital imaging, and digital video and sound, and is also a one-semester program. The last of the one-semester certificate programs is in digital video fundamentals, with courses in digital media and design, digital video and sound, and sound for media. The digital video editing and post-production technical certificate program requires at least two semesters to complete, with coursework in digital media and design, digital imaging, digital storytelling, two courses in digital video and sound, and two in motion graphics.
Valencia also offers a two-year AS degree program in entertainment design and technology, with specializations in live show production or production design. This program is designed to produce skilled designers and technicians for live entertainment and theatrical events. Foundation courses include an introduction to theatre, a survey of entertainment technology, basic stagecraft, and either costume techniques and wardrobe practices or makeup for the stage. General education courses are also required. Intermediate courses include computer assisted drafting for the entertainment industry, audio production, stage lighting, and creative design for the theater. The live show production specialization includes additional coursework in entertainment technology, live sound techniques, audio visual technology, and technical theatre production. The production design specialization includes coursework in lighting design for live entertainment, principles of scenery design, directing, script analysis, technical theatre production, and a theatrical internship. Students in this field may also choose to complete a one-year program to receive a technical certificate in entertainment and stage technology. This program focuses on stagecraft, lighting, audio and production for theatre, concerts, theme parks and industrial theatre. Required courses include basic stagecraft, a survey of entertainment technology, stage lighting, audio production, and technical theatre production.
Another available two-year AS degree program is in film production technology with specializations in cinematography or post-production. This program is designed to prepare individuals for entry-level positions in cinematography or post-production, with an emphasis placed on developing production-related skills in camera, grip, electrical, sound, editing and set construction. Foundation courses include general education requirements, an introduction to either film or theatre, basic stagecraft, a survey of entertainment technology, and an introduction to the film process. Intermediate courses include introductions to audio production and stage lighting, and technical theatre production. Advanced core courses common to both specializations include film editing, film camera techniques, and film production. The cinematography specialization includes additional study of film gripping, sound, and lighting, plus a course in the art of cinematography. The post-production specialization requires additional courses in screenwriting, post-production and sound for motion pictures, and advanced editing.
Valencia also offers a two-year AS degree program in graphics technology with specializations in graphic design or interactive design. Graphic design prepares students for employment as designers, graphic artists and computer graphic designers. Interactive design prepares students for employment in areas of entry-level multimedia graphics and Web page design. Foundation courses include general education requirements, graphic design essentials, design, drawing, and a survey course in either visual arts or art history. Intermediate courses include Adobe Illustrator, typography, and electronic imaging. Advanced courses include Web page design, fundamentals of interactive design, a portfolio review, and an internship in the graphics field. The graphic design specialization includes an additional foundation course in fundamentals of creative thinking, additional intermediate courses in layout, design and copy preparation, graphic reproduction processes, and illustrating, and advanced courses in graphic design and publication design. The interactive design specialization requires additional foundation courses in Web essentials, intermediate courses in computer animation and digital video and sound, and advanced courses in Web page design, image editing, CSS design, and interactive design.
For students wishing to complete a program in this field in less time, the department offers several technical certificates that may be completed in one year or less. The first is a technical certificate in graphic design production, which can be completed in one year. This program requires courses in graphic design essentials, drawing, design, layout, design and copy preparation, typography, Adobe Illustrator, and electronic imaging. The next is a certificate in graphic design support, which can be completed in as little as one semester. Required courses include graphic design essentials, professional development for designers, design, layout, design and copy preparation, and typography. A one-year certificate in graphics and interactive design production is also available, with required courses in graphic design essentials, digital video and sound, drawing, fundamentals of interactive design, Web page design, Adobe Illustrator, and electronic imaging. The one-semester certificate in graphics and interactive design support requires courses in graphic design essentials, drawing, Adobe Illustrator, and electronic imaging.
Valencia also offers a program in drafting and design technology, with an available two-year AS degree. This program is designed to train technicians to assist engineers by translating ideas, rough sketches, specifications and calculations into complete and accurate working drawings. The program serves as an excellent foundation for the study of architecture design. Foundation courses include general education requirements, an introduction to construction and drafting technology and engineering drawing. Intermediate courses include basic surveying and measurements, mechanical drafting, engineering materials and processes, an introduction to CADD, and architectural drawing. Advanced courses include electromechanical drafting, advanced CADD, statics and strengths of materials, and three-dimensional CADD. Students may also choose to complete a shorter program to receive a certificate in drafting with specializations in architectural drafting, mechanical drafting, or surveying drafting. Foundation courses include engineering drawing, introduction to and advanced CADD, and technical mathematics. Students then choose specialization elective courses to complete the one-year certificate. Architectural electives include construction blueprint reading, an internship, building construction estimating, three-dimensional CADD, and architectural drawing and design. Mechanical electives include mechanical drafting, electromechanical drafting, an internship, and an introduction to geographic information systems. Surveying electives include an introduction to Microstation, basic surveying and measurements, subdivisions, advanced surveying computations, and an internship. The school also offers a one-semester certificate program in drafting in AutoCAD. Required courses include engineering drawing, introduction to CADD, and advanced CADD, plus additional drafting electives such as mechanical drafting, technical mathematics, basic surveying and measurements, and architectural drawing.
Valencia offers many scholarship opportunities to new and returning students. The current scholarship list includes the Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship, Valencia Alumni Association Scholarships and Awards programs, and departmental and memorial scholarships. These scholarships are funded by the Valencia Community College Foundation through donations by public and private donors. In addition, the Alumni Association administers scholarships and award programs that benefit students attending Valencia Community College.
Each of Valencia's campuses offer different student clubs and organizations, each of which is designed to meet the social and educational needs of the students. Clubs in existence for design students include the Anime Club, Art in Motion, the Graphic Design Group, VCC at the Movies, the West End Theatricals, the Book Club, and the Culture Club. Many other groups are available as well, including social, religious, ethnic, professional, community involvement, and honors societies.